Dressing Up and Down

Ahead of London Fashion Week later this month we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite books about clothes old and new.

Worn Stories

Emily Spivack

From the publisher:

Worn Stories collects clothing-inspired personal narratives, providing stories that not only glimpse into someone’s life, but also prompts readers to give a second thought ...


The Penguin Knitting Book

James Norbury

From the publisher:

A how-to guide for the experienced knitter as well as the beginner. Full of tips and techniques for the contemporary knitter, it illustrates all things vintage in the world ...


Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity

Elizabeth Wilson

From the publisher:

Traces the social and cultural history of fashion and its complex relationship to modernity. This work explores the grunge look inspired by bands like Nirvana, the ‘boho ...


A Chapter of Hats: Selected Stories

Machado De Assis, translated by John Gledson

From the publisher:

Translated from the Portuguese by John Gledson ‘Dazzling ... guaranteed to leave most unsuspecting readers eager for more’ Eileen Battersby, Irish Times


The Clothes on Their Backs

Linda Grant

From the publisher:

The brilliant new novel by Orange Prize winner, Linda Grant, about the legacies of history, longlisted for the Orange Prize, 2008 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2008